Patricia Wetovick, 87, of Fullerton, Nebraska, passed away Saturday, March 30, 2019, at The Monarch by Eastmont in Lincoln.
Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Fullerton with Reverend David Fulton officiating. Burial followed at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in Fullerton. Palmer-Santin Funeral Home in Fullerton is in charge of the arrangements.
Patricia Jean (Reitz) Wetovick was born on June 24, 1931, the 10th daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Kealy) Reitz. She grew up in Genoa, Nebraska. She attended Genoa Public Schools, and graduated in 1948. She taught rural grade school in the Stromsburg and Osceola areas for two years.
She met August (June) Wetovick Jr. in 1949 at the Nance County Fair. They were married on June 26, 1950 and were blessed with six children: Cyndy, Pam, Kevin, Ken, Rick, and Rod.
The family lived in rural Nance County north of Fullerton, farming in the Fullerton and Belgrade areas.
She was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, St. Ann’s Altar Society, Wall Street Extension, Flower Belles Garden Club, and the China Painting Club.
She enjoyed baking, cooking, and sewing for her family. She helped alongside June when needed, driving grain trucks in the fall, and helping with planting in the spring.
She was a 4-H leader, taught CCD, and continued to teach by her example throughout her life. She loved friendly competition, exhibiting flowers, baking, and quilts in the County Fair as recently as last year. She challenged her kids and grandkids to the game of Scrabble and many different card games.
She loved flowers and was always amazed how God created so many different varieties when the seeds all looked so similar. She made porcelain dolls for over 25 years, and she enjoyed china painting.
In her later years, she was an avid quilter. Last year alone she made 31 quilts — one for each of her grandchildren.
She is survived by her children: Cyndy (Kenny) Pilakowski of Genoa; Pam Cooper of Moville, IA; and Kevin (Joet) Wetovick, Ken (Karyn) Wetovick, Rick (Marne) Wetovick, and Rod (Penny) Wetovick, all of Fullerton; 31 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren; and numerous family and friends.
She is preceded in death by her husband, August (June) Wetovick, in August 2011; her parents, Henry and Elizabeth; sisters Helen (Emil) Swantek, Ruth (Arnold) Edwards, Lillian (Louis) Mickey, Irene (Hilbert) Schreiber, Mary (Jay) Sharp, and Kathryn (Earl) Barker; a twin sister, Phyllis (Roger) Williams; an infant sister, Eleanor; a brother, William Reitz; her sons-in-law, Don Mustard and Tom Cooper; and a great-grandson, Jayden Friend.